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Texas Periodontal Associates

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Disease Treatment

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We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures.

These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth. Early detection and treatment is important and will save you more complicated and expensive treatment. Early signs of gum problems include bleeding or painful gums and bad breath.

You can prevent periodontal disease by keeping good oral hygiene methods such as brushing and flossing and also visiting your periodontist for regular check ups and dental cleanings.

If periodontal (gum) disease is left untreated, the gums may pull away from the teeth and form pockets or spaces between the teeth and gums that usually become infected. Without treatment, the infection can progress, bone loss can occur and teeth may become loose, fall out or require extraction.

 

Periodontal or gum disease is a pathological inflammatory condition of the gum and bone support (periodontal tissues) surrounding the teeth.

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Your gums could be receding because of multiple reasons such as clenching your teeth, previous history of periodontal disease or previous history of braces.

 

Your gums usually bleed because they are inflamed and this inflammation is most of the time caused by bacteria.

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. There are variations in the rebates you can expect from your health fund depending on the type of Health fund and type of coverage you have. Before any treatment is initiated you will be given an estimate of costs as well as the relevant item numbers for your treatment. You will then be able to contact your health fund to find out the amount that your health fund will pay for your treatment.

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